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History A Level at St Hilda's Church of England High School

Course description

A variety of teaching and learning styles are used including seminar sessions and group work.

There is the option for students to sit the AS Level examination at the End of Year 12, but this option is only available to those who do not wish to continue into Year 13.

Course content

The course consists of three components taught over two years:

Breadth Study: Year 12 & 13

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964:

This section of the course is divided into two halves so that the Tsarist period (1855 to 1917) is studied in Year 12 and the Communist period (1917-1964) is studied in Year 13. The examination will expect you to be able to comment on the work of historians who write on this period.

Depth Study: Year 12 & 13

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007:

This section of the course is divided into two halves so that the pre-Thatcher period (1951-1979) is studied in Year 12 and the post-Thatcher period (1979-2007) is studied in Year 13. The examination will expect you to be able to comment on primary sources and documentary evidence from the period.

Historical Investigation: Coursework Year 13 only

Interpretations of witchcraft and witch-hunting in early-modern Britain and Europe:

You will begin to study this period in the Summer of Year 12. After a brief overview of the topic, you will be expected to devise your own enquiry question which must be approved by the examination board. You must then work independently to produce a 4000 word independent study.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE History, if taken.
Grade C in higher tier of both English Language and English Literature

Future opportunities

The more obvious career opportunities for which History equips you are law, journalism, politics, archaeological or museum work. It also provides excellent training for management posts or for any position which involves evaluation of evidence and informed decision making.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Hilda's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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